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Black politicians in NYC support apartheid

Alton H.Maddox | , Jr. | 4/12/2011, 4:34 p.m.

When the New York City Council voted to repeal term limits and allow white minority rule to continue in New York City for another four years, the Black politicians, who had opposed this amendment, should have consulted the Black community rather than sua sponte retain Randy M. Mastro and Norman Siegel to represent the Black community .Our very existence is at stake. The extension of term limits can be an obstacle to gentrification. New York City is enjoying an economic boom. The federal bailout money is being used to promote apartheid. Black homeowners have been saddled down with unconscionable mortgages.

Blacks are being asked to finance their oppression. It started with sub-prime lending, which robbed the poor and rewarded the rich. Wall Street became more attractive than Atlantic City and Las Vegas. Once these high rollers had blown their bounties, they went to D.C. with cups in hands, citing the 23rd Psalm. Congress made sure their cups would runneth over.

To make matters worse, Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson was given the unbridled and unreviewable authority to use public funds to financeprivate interests. This is an unconstitutional delegation of authority, and it emulates, if not exceeds, the constitutional vagueness of the Patriot Act. "The Constitution is not a suicide pact," according to Supreme Court Justice Robert Jackson. In the meantime, President-elect Barack Hussein Obama is being constitutionally hog tied for the next 45 days while Bush 43 is steering the Titanic into an iceberg. If the ship wrecks on January 20 and before Obama's swearing-in ceremony, Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice may become the president.

The Hon. Elijah Muhammad would often say that Blacks must "do for self." I take it a step further. We must start thinking for self. For example, Obama's economic dream team is not suited to save Blacks economically. This economic dream team lacks the training and experience to address the intractable, economic plight of Blacks. Blacks in New York are facing economic and political extinction, and we have turned to two white lawyers to save us. Charles Hamilton Houston and Louis Clayton Jones must be turning over in their graves. They were shining legal knights who were rooted in Black pride and legal self-sufficiency.

Their roots go back to Robert Morris, Sr.; Scipio Africanus Jones; Noah W. Parden; and Styles L. Hutchins. Morris was the nation's first civil rights lawyer. Jones succeeded in Dempsey v. Moore, and Parden and Hutchins forced the Supreme Court to try its only case in history. Houston was a race man who moved easily in the white world. Amherst awarded him a Phi Beta Kappa key. Justice Louis Brandeis said that Houston was his best student at Harvard Law School. He established Howard University Law School as the premier venue to train Black lawyers and he mentored Thurgood Marshall. Houston would head the legal arm of the NAACP in 1934. Clarence Darrow would sit at his feet. Four Supreme Court justices of the Supreme Court attended his funeral in 1950. This was unprecedented. Blacks would lose Houston and Drs. Charles R. Drew and Carter G. Woodson in April Jones was also a race man and he also moved easily in white circles. After receiving a Phi Beta Kappa key at Howard University, he won a Fulbright scholarship and attended the most prestigious university in France. Afterward,he was graduated from Yale University Law School. His legal work in New York was not only revolutionary, but also legendary.